Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStation Eleven follows the interconnected lives of 5 key characters pre and post the Georgian Flu epidemic which wipes out more than 99% of the world’s population. A key element of the story follows the Travelling Symphony, a group of performing theatre artists and musicians re-enacting Shakespeare’s plays to the remaining bands of survivors & scanty civilizations scattered across North America, 15 to 20 years after the collapse. Continue reading

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

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 This book hit me. Straight and square. Like a knock on the head, leaving me stunned and groping after tides of thoughts that seemed to be drifting away in different directions.

Existence. Environment. Philosophy. Physics. Time.

Ruth Ozeki takes these themes, and tells a tale so galactic in scope, through a crisscrossing narrative, between Ruth, a middle aged novelist living in a remote Continue reading

The Unseen World by Liz Moore

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This book was pure perfection & one of my strongest 5 star reads this year. I went in knowing very little of the premise and the experience was unparalleled. It drew me in from the first page and kept me glued till the last.

At its heart, The Unseen World explores a father-daughter relationship. David Sibelius is a brilliant, eccentric computer scientist and his daughter Ada is the key character we follow through the story. Continue reading

The Orenda by Joseph Boyden

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The Orenda by Joseph Boyden is a historical and an anthropological masterpiece. Set in the 1600s in the Canadian wilderness, the story follows 2 warring tribes, the Iroquois & the Huron. The chapters alternate in first person narrative between Bird, one of leaders of the Huron Tribe, Snow Falls, a young girl abducted by Bird as a child to keep as his own daughter and lastly, the Crow, a priest from the French Jesuit Missionary. The relationship between Bird and Snow, the Crow’s propaganda to spread Christianity and its contrast to the Native American mysticism and beliefs, their sense of community, all against a backdrop of violence and terror in the constant warring between the 2 tribes creates such an atmospheric read.

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The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss

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The Name of the Wind

I adored this book. The story, the language, the way Rothfuss weaves in his different characters with so much depth is just endearing. There are several sections, I could just re-read again and again because its written so beautifully.

As a reader, I got so absorbed into the journey of Kvothe from a little boy to a young man which is described so deftly that by the end of the book, Continue reading